Human Factor Therapod

During 2014 Status completed a lot of subtle observational research into the way that our distributors sought to explain the Therapod™ backrest system. We found that many salesmen expressed the view that a Humanfactor chair containing a Therapod™ backrest was a “great chair to demonstrate – a salesman’s dream – because there was so much to show the customer about how the backrest worked”.

Naturally, this was a very interesting and pleasing thought for us, but when we subsequently took a conscious note of how the salesmen were approaching the demonstration task, we recognised that only half of the story was being told – “This chair has a Therapod™ backrest – now if we turn the chair around we can see the straps at the back that you can adjust for individuals” (sound of zipper sliding slowly upwards). 

This immediately suggests that you HAVE to adjust the backrest straps to personalise the chair for all individuals. Of course, this is just not the case, as the strap adjustment is a fine tuning idea for individuals with an injury or different back shape. We felt that this needed further explanation.

For us, we realised that there were some vital messages missing in this sort of quick-fire “adjustable straps” demonstration.

The most important things about the Therapod™ start at the front of the chair, and not the back:

  • The Therapod™ backrest is hollow. The front part of the backrest is a foam-backed upholstery that covers over 4 elasticated lateral straps placed at strategically important locations across the full height of the backrest – the sacral, lumbar, lower thoracic and upper thoracic regions. The rear of the backrest is a sturdy concave plastic that is held upright by a 5mm thick steel rib-cage.
  • The straps are designed to be located in such a way that they form an S-shaped curve across the front plane of the backrest in order to promote adequate support for a good sitting posture and allow the body to relax into them.
  • The hollow centre allows the body mass to rest backwards and be absorbed by the elastic straps so that the shape of the straps mould around the human form, without the human back pressing against the hard rear of the backrest. This body mass absorption takes place synchronously across the whole of the back.
  • When the user is encouraged to lean backwards by engaging the back rake mechanism and gently rocking forwards and backwards when in free-float mode, the alternate stretch and return of the straps self-adjusts to provide safe and comfortable shock absorption for the increased mass caused by the kinetic movement. Simultaneously, a good sitting posture is maintained.
  • If the user moves their back laterally – from side to side – the point of weight absorption changes across the backrest in all 4 of the straps in accordance with the type of movement.
  • This type of sitting support is very comfortable, promotes good movement and weight absorption for the spinal column – nourishing discs and allowing blood flow to the back muscles, providing muscle relaxation and energy renewal.
  • Oh yes…..and then the backrest straps can be adjusted so that the tension is different at any one, or all, of the 4 specified points across the whole back. This is particularly helpful for individuals who have experienced back pain through accident, illness or injury, or have a different somatic shape.

For more about the Humanfactor and Torus chairs that contain the Therapod™ backrest system please contact your local sales representative, or Status Customer Services on 01494 768870, or via e-mail on

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